Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly threatened in their starkest terms to date today that two police reform bills headed for passage will compromise public safety–enabling terrorists, criminals and gang members–but refused to place the blame on the City Council speaker, who is allowing the bills to go to vote.
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New Yorkers overwhelmingly want an independent inspector general to watch over the NYPD — and surveillance cameras to watch over New Yorkers, a new poll finds.
The poll from Quinnipiac University found 68% of voters support the creation of an inspector general — an idea supported by most Democratic mayoral hopefuls but vigorously opposed by Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who say it would imperil public safety.
The same poll found 82% of voters want to see more surveillance cameras.
NEW YORK — In a pugnacious defense of what he called a police force bombarded by politics, Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out Tuesday at critics of the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk practice and surveillance programs.
La ciudad de Nueva York vive este sábado una nueva rememoración en defensa de los "Cinco de Central Park", los hombres falsamente acusados de un delito muy mediático que se han convertido en un símbolo de la discriminación racial en el sistema de policía y justicia de la ciudad.
City voters overwhelmingly support a plan to put the New York Police Department under the scrutiny of an outside watchdog, even though they give police good marks overall, according to a poll released Thursday.
Two-thirds of respondents favored the proposal for an NYPD inspector general, while a quarter opposed it in the Quinnipiac University poll. It comes as lawmakers hone the plan for what's expected to be a "yes" vote.
NEW YORK - Mayor Bloomberg boasts that when New York does something, like banning super-size soft drinks, the world pays attention. Now a class action lawsuit against the New York Police Department (NYPD)'s stop-and-frisk tactics is putting him and a policy he championed in an ugly glare.
NEW YORK — The FBI has one. The CIA does, too. So do 30 city agencies. But the New York Police Department, which has over 34,000 officers and vast intelligence operations working to keep the biggest city in the country safe, does not have an inspector general.
New Yorkers aren't so pleased with the NYPD's stop and frisk campaign, though at the same time, they give Police Commissioner Ray Kelly high marks, according to a new poll from the folks at Quinnipiac University.
A report released by the NYPD reveals that the controversial stop-and-frisk practice saw a 22 percent reduction between 2011 to 2012. While the department states that there were fewer incidents of the practice, Black and Latino men remain top targets.
During last week’s State of the State address in Albany, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo touched on almost every hot-button topic that’s dominated public conversation, like women’s rights and gun control. Cuomo also discussed education, increasing the minimum wage and stop-and-frisk. It’s no surprise that several union members and activists had something to say about Cuomo’s take on those subjects.